Loving the day job 🙂
The latest issue of ARABELLA Magazine – Harvest 2013 – just came out and it’s hands down my favourite so far.
As Assistant Editor I have the rare opportunity for in-depth, heart to heart and often humorous interviews with many of the artists whose profiles I write, and this time I made new friends in the process. It’s a treat to hear first-hand stories of how and why these gifted creators do what they do – each person’s artwork unique in style and substance, yet, their values and inspiration are often surprisingly similar. I’m struck by the threads of advice that connect and resonate among artists, musicians and writers, alike. Kindred creative spirits with the same highs and lows; frustrations and successes.
This issue I also penned a design piece for Decorating Den called ‘How EnSuite It Is!’ waxing eloquent on the many incarnations of the not-so-basic bath, the loo, master ensuite, powder room, call it what you will … I’d sip champagne in these surroundings anytime!
And these are just my contributions – there are a wealth of other superbly written art, architecture & design stories to soak up and images that will set your imagination afire.
On the ARABELLA website, www.arabelladesign.com , it’s my job to create the teasers you see below each feature story image on the home page. Condensing every 1500 – 2000 word article into a 75 word summary is actually tougher than it would seem, but it’s important to get you, the reader, inspired to read on and then, of course, purchase a copy of the magazine. I know of no other publication of this exceptional quality and original content (404 pages!) that you can buy for $14.95 per copy. Digital subscriptions are even less. This is one guilty pleasure you can afford 4 times a year.
So even though I might sit here in my tired old sweats, plucking my hair out by the individual strand and growling at the monitor, the dog, the Y & R blaring from the next room – more information than I ever wanted to know about the sex life of Nicki & Victor (shudder) – when it comes right down to it, I’m at my best and happiest when writing. Doing what I do best and, yes, smiling when I see the finished product in all its awesomeness.
Whether you’re new to ARABELLA, or a seasoned fan, please feel free to post your comments, questions and suggestions or email me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Now, back to work on the next issue. With 4 Artist to Collect profiles on tap already, including a super special feature that I’m just chuffed to be writing, it’s a busy time ahead.
And still many, many after-hour NaNoWriMo miles to go before I sleep…